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BLUES, WILD TIE FRANCHISE MARKS FOR BEST START
The St. Louis Blues (11-2-2) and Minnesota Wild (10-4-4) posted victories to match franchise records for best start to a season.

* Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk saw his seven-game assist streak come to an end but his first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner against Pittsburgh. Alexander Steen recorded an assist on the game’s opening goal to extend his point streak to 10 games (10-3—13). Steen is tied for the League goals lead with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos (14).

* Wild forward Jason Pominville scored his 200th NHL goal (11th of the season) in regulation and added another in the shootout along with Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu as Minnesota improved to 7-1-2 in its last 10 games.

COYOTES STAGE YET ANOTHER COMEBACK
The Coyotes scored twice in the final 3:26 of regulation, capped by captain Shane Doan's second goal of the game with 1:46 remaining, to overcome a two-goal deficit en route to a 4-3 shootout victory. The Coyotes won their League-leading third game in which they trailed after two periods.

More on the Coyotes:

* They improved to 8-0-1 at home, joining the Anaheim Ducks (7-0-0) as the only teams without a home loss in regulation this season.
* Their record after 18 games (12-4-2, 26 points) represents the second-best start in franchise history. They went 14-2-2 (30 points) in 1998-99.

BERGERON LEADS BRUINS AGAIN
Patrice Bergeron scored two third-period goals to lead the Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs in their first meeting since Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Bergeron was also the difference in that game, recording 2-1—3, including the overtime winner, in Boston’s late rally that ousted Toronto from the playoffs.

GIROUX ON THE BOARD IN FLYERS WIN
Claude Giroux snapped a 21-game goal scoring drought (including last season) to net the game-winner in the Flyers’ 4-2 win over the Oilers. It was Giroux’s first goal of the season (1-7—8 in 16 games). The victory was just the second for the Flyers against the Oilers since 2001-02 (2-7-1).

LIGHTNING STRIKES AT THE JOE
Teddy Purcell scored the game-winning goal 3:51 into overtime and Steven Stamkos scored his 14th of the season to move into a tie for the League lead in goals and points (23) as the Lightning won their first game at Joe Louis Arena since Jan. 12, 1994. Tampa Bay’s win was just their sixth all-time against their new Eastern Conference opponent (6-23-2-2). Stamkos’ goal extended his point streak to eight games (9-4—13) with the Lightning winning seven of those contests (including four straight) to sit alone atop the Eastern Conference standings with 24 points (12-4-0).

GOALTENDERS FOR THE WIN
Corey Crawford (CHI), Mike Smith (PHX) and Jonathan Quick (LA) recorded their 10th victory Saturday, joining Ben Bishop (TB) and Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) as goaltenders to reach double figures this season. Bishop picked up his League-leading 11th win.

BLUE JACKETS SCORE BIG
Ryan Johansen (1-2—3) and Brandon Dubinsky (1-2—3) helped Columbus improve to 11-1-4 all-time against the Islanders. The three-point night was the first of Johansen’s career and matched a career high for Dubinsky (done last on Mar. 20, 2011).

The Blue Jackets' James Wisniewski added a goal and an assist, climbing to fifth place in scoring among NHL defensemen (2-11—13). His career-high for points in a season is 30, established with Anaheim in 2009-10 (3-27—30) and again with Montreal in 2010-11 (7-23—30).

TOFFOLI LEADS KINGS
Kings forward Tyler Toffoli recorded 2-1—3 for his second career multi-point game and Mike Richards extended his point streak to a season-high four games (3-5—8) as Los Angeles rolled to a 5-1 victory over Vancouver. Toffoli, 21, has points in all three games (2-3—5) since being recalled from the Kings' AHL affiliate on Nov. 2.

LOOSE PUCKS
Patrick Sharp assisted on four of Chicago’s five goals to mark the second four-assist game of his career. His other game with four helpers came Mar. 14, 2011 in a 6-3 win over San Jose... The Blackhawks scored at least five goals for the fifth time in the past eight games and rank second League-wide in offense (3.47 goals/game)... Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg scored his ninth and 10th goals while Chicago’s Patrick Kane tallied his 10th to join nine other players with 10-or-more goals this season… James Neal recorded an assist on Pittsburgh’s only goal in his return to the lineup following a 15-game absence due to injury… Ottawa forward Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist, extending his career-high point streak to seven games (3-7—10). Bobby Ryan had an assist, extending his point streak to six games (3-7—10)… The Capitals scored two power-play goals, their seventh game this season with two-or-more power-play tallies. Washington is 20 for 71 (28.2%) on the power play, first in the NHL by a wide margin... Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic played his 200th NHL game... Interim head coach Peter Horachek, who had been coaching Florida's AHL affiliate in San Antonio, made his debut behind the Panthers bench along with assistants John Madden and Brian Skrudland... Kings forward Linden Vey recorded an assist for his first NHL point in his second career game. Vey was the Kings’ fourth round selection (96th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.

All of the above information was supplied by the NHL PR department

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